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A prominently featured article by prestigious correspondent Scott Wilson in the Washington Post gratuitously maligned Israel. The article For Israel's Arab Citizens, Isolation and Exclusion ran on page A01 on December 20, 2007 and told a tale of woe and misery. Such articles usually abound in half-truths and distortions, but this one contained at least one outright falsehood. Wilson wrote, "Except for a relatively small Druze population, Arabs are excluded also from military service." Of course, it is not true. The Israeli army has Bedouin and city-dwelling* Arab volunteers. No amount of pleading with the Washington Post ombudsman could elicit a retraction, as Wilson insisted that his fable is correct. So here's the story.

Judge for yourself, folks. A picture is worth - well OK, you know what a picture is worth.

Israel:Arab IDF soldiers

And here's the text that goes with it:

Israel Christian Arab Soldiers Celebrate Christmas

In this photo released by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Christian Arab Israeli soldiers get their Christmas gifts from their commanding officer Lt.Col. Wasaffi (R) as their Jewish and Bedouin Arab comrades gather around their Christmas tree in their base December 21, 2005 near Kerem Shalom in southern Israel. All the non-Jewish soldiers serving in this unit, the Bedouin Trackers Brigade, are volunteers to the IDF. (Photo by IDF via Getty Images)

. Are you ever going to believe anything Scott Wilson writes again?

Ami Isseroff

*In Israel, only urbanized Arabs of the Christian and Muslim religions are often called Arabs. Druze and Bedouin are often listed separately, though they are all Arabs of course.

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Replies: 5 Comments

Nice picture!

Yas, Monday, April 14th

this a total terrorist country anyway..killing babies children &stealing lands..genocide everyday.

Jasmin, Thursday, April 10th

every competive news paper and media should expose the washington post for what it obviously is:an anti ISRAEL,anti semetic rag!!!

mort kranitz, Tuesday, April 1st

Only in a true democracy would you find Arabs celebrating Christmas while serving in the military for a nation that all it's totalitarian Arab neighbors hate with a passion tantamount to genocide. When will those neighbors wake up?

Rockyspoon, Tuesday, April 1st

Perhaps one of the Christian Arab soldiers of the IDF could write an OpEd article for the Washington Post?

chuck miller, Tuesday, April 1st

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